Sunset in Paris, France. Photo via Flickr:Moyan Brenn

Biking through Reims, France. Photo via Flickr:Morgaine

Paris to Reims

France Bike + Barge Tours

Cycle France to the most Romantic city in the World!

This bike tour in France follows the beautiful valley of the river Marne. Along the way, there will be plenty of opportunity to taste the cheese and the champagne that this part of France is famous for.

Depending on tour date, you will begin in Paris and end in Reims or begin in Reims and end in Paris. Paris of course is City of Light and Reims, important center of Champagne production.

Beginning in Reims, with its beautiful gothic cathedral, the cycling route follows the valley of the Marne downstream. On the first night, the boat docks in the city of Epernay, capital of the Champagne region. Here, you will visit the immense champagne cellars, as well as small champagne growers, who will be proud to let you taste their best champagne. From Epernay, you arrive in the real Champagne region and you bike straight across the vineyards on the rolling banks of the Marne.

Château-Thierry, scene of the American battles in World War I, is a fascinating stop in this France bike tour. Finally, you will reach the destination- Paris, the capital of France, Paris.

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Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations aboard the Fleur, a Comfort Plus boat, or the Feniks, a Standard Plus boat.

What’s Included

  • Included aboard the Fleur
  • 7 nights’ accommodations
  • 7 x breakfasts, 6 x packed lunches, and 6 x dinner
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • 21 speed hybrid bicycle rental equipped with pannier, water bottle, and helmet
  • Tour guide
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Cabins cleaned daily
  • Welcome drink

  • Included aboard the Feniks
  • 21-speed bicycles with pannier, lock and water bottle
  • Multilingual tour guide
  • Route program with city maps
  • 7 x breakfast, 7 x lunch package and 6 x dinner a week
  • Coffee, tea and biscuits
  • Afternoon snacks
  • Cabin with private bathroom including bed linen and fresh towels
  • Shampoo, shower gel and soap
  • Daily check of your cabin, once a week extra cleaning
  • Service for personal laundry
  • Ferry fares

What’s Not Included

  • 1 x dinner aboard the Fleur
  • Entrance fees for museums, monuments, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle protection
  • Beverages
TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillModerate
Length8–15 days
From1015 Rates
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Tour Dates

Aboard the Fleur
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Aboard the Feniks
Paris to Reims: September 17, 2016
Reims to Paris: July 9* and September 24**, 2016

*Second traveler gets half price!

**Can be combined, see pricing for details!

Skill Level

This bike tour in France is considered moderate as the cycling terrain has many rolling hills on small country roads

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Paris to Reims Map

Itinerary for the Fleur, scroll down to see details aboard the Feniks!

Day 1: Reims 
Day 2: Reims - Sept-Saulx, 25 miles (40 km)
Day 3: Sept-Saulx – Epernay, 25 miles (40 km)
Day 4: Epernay -  Château-Thierry, 25 miles (40 km)
Day 5: Château-Thierrry - La Ferté-sous-Jouarre, 25 miles (40 km)
Day 6: La Ferté-sous-Jouarre - Meaux, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 7: Meaux - Paris, 34 miles (55 km)
Day 8: Paris

*All distances are approximate 

Day 1: Reims 
For the start of this France bike tour, the Fleur will be docked in the canal close to the city center of Reims. This old city on the banks of the river Vesle is known especially for its wonderful Cathedral, where the French kings were once crowned.  The Notre-Dame is one of the most famous cathedrals of the world because of its unique style, magnificent sculptures, and the prominent part it played in more than 1000 years of French and European history. Together with Epernay, Reims is the center of champagne production as evidence by the city's numerous cellars, which you can visit.

 Day 2: Reims - Sept-Saulx, 25 miles (40 km)
Today, the bike route goes along the northern side of the Parc Naturel Régional des Montagnes de Reims past old wine villages until Rilly. Via Verzy, you can admire the ‘Faux de Verzy’. These oddly crooked birches owe their curious forms to a genetic disorder within the plant. You will end today in Sept Saulx, a little village on the canal de Reims.

Day 3: Sept-Saulx – Epernay, 25 miles (40 km)
In the morning, the Fleur will cruise along the canal to Tours sur Marne and Mareuil-sur-Ay with its beautiful castle. In 1830 the Duke of Montebello became the owner and established a champagne house there. The next stop is Epernay. Together with Reims, this city is the major wine center of the Champagne, where three extensive wine regions meet: the Montagne the Reims, the Côte des Blancs, and the Vallée de la Marne. Epernay has many town houses in the neo-renaissance or classical style dating from the 19th century, especially around the avenue the Champagne where prestigious houses such as Moët and Chandon are situated. 

Day 4: Epernay -  Château-Thierry, 25 miles (40 km)
After arriving in Dizy, you will visit Hautvillers on the southern slopes of the Montagne de Reims. According to tradition, Dom Pérignon (1638-1715), who was in charge of the wine cellars of the abbey of the Benedictine monks, was the first to succeed in blending various kinds of wine into a wine of superb quality. He also introduced double fermentation, the process of making of champagne. From here, you will really cycle in champagne region where extensive vineyards and champagne cellars surround this entire route.

Today’s destination is Chateau-Thierrry, which owes its name to the castle that once was situated on the slopes above the Marne. You can still see some remnants. 

Day 5: Château-Thierrry - La Ferté-sous-Jouarre, 25 miles (40 km) 
Leaving the valley of the Marne, you will continue your bike in France through the hills north of the river. The day's final destination is La Ferté-sous-Jouarre, a little village on the banks of the Marne. Jouarre, which is 4 km from La Ferté, is home to a beautiful abbey from the 12th century, with a 7th century crypt. In Jouarre, you can also visit the cheese factory and taste the brie de Meaux and brie noir.

Day 6: La Ferté-sous-Jouarre - Meaux, 28 miles (45 km)
Today, the bike goes through the valley of the Marne in the direction of Meaux. On the way, you may visit the Châteaux de Montceau, the building started by Catherine de Médicis in the 16th century. The ride ends in Meaux, famous for its ‘brie de Meaux’. But Meaux also has a magnificent cathedral, the Cathédrale St.-Etienne. This cathedral has lasted for 400 years, from the 12th until the 16th century.

Tonight there is no dinner on board. You can choose one of the local restaurants in Meaux.

Day 7: Meaux - Paris, 34 miles (55 km)
Today, you will bike in Paris along the canal de l’Ourcq. You will find the Fleur at Port d’Arsenal in the heart of Paris, not far from the Notre Dame

 Day 8: Paris
Individual departure following breakfast. 

Itinerary aboard the Feniks:
Paris to Reims
Day 1: Paris
Day 2: Paris - Bougival - Conflans Sainte Honorine, 19 or 34 miles (30 or 55 km)
Day 3: Conflans - Auvers sur Oise - Creil, 25 miles (40 km)
Day 4: Creil - Compiegne, 31 miles (50 km)
Day 5: Compiegne - Soissons, 29 miles (47 km)
Day 6: Soissons - Berry au Bac, 25 miles (40 km)
Day 7: Berry au Bac / Cormicy - Reims, 25 miles (40 km)
Day 8: Reims

Reims to Paris
Day 1:
Reims
Day 2: Reims - Tours sur Marne / Epernay, 22 or 25 miles (35 or 40 km)
Day 3: Tours sur Marne / Epernay - Chatillon sur Marne, 25 miles (40 km)
Day 4: Chatillon sur Marne - Chateau Thierry, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 5: Chateau Thierry - La Ferte sous Jouarre, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 6: La Ferte sous Jouarre - Meaux - Lagny, 16 or 31 miles (25 or 50 km)
Day 7: Lagny - Paris, 22 miles (35 km)
Day 8: Paris

Can be combined into a 15 day tour!

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Paris to Reims Boats + Barges

Fleur Photo

Fleur France, Netherlands Comfort Plus Class Boat The Fleur was first put into service in 2002. The owner, Jossie, had the beautifully-lined barge converted into a comfortable passenger ship, according to her own design. Her female touch is definitely recognizable by the tasteful interior and her sharp eye for detail. The whole barge radiates a homelike atmosphere.

Feniks Photo

Feniks Belgium, Netherlands, France Standard Plus Class Boat Originally, the Feniks was built in 1928 as a freighter on the Dutch, Belgium and French inland waters. In 1992, the Feniks was converted to a hotel passenger ship and put in service for various sailing holidays. Since then, she has undergone several renovations to keep up-to-date with all modern facilities.

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